The signals were all around me. After a few months of being in India, my wife and I were invited to a dinner with a group of other expats. We had intentionally avoided these kinds of gatherings at first because we knew they could be addictive and also prevent us from really diving into the culture.
Romantics move abroad to be with their partner and do their best to fit in (e.g. by learning the local language). While they find it easy to make local friends, their job situation is often unfavorable.
After my own personal encounters meeting some very strong and inspiring expat women, as well as from reading recent articles here on InterNations contributed by “trailing spouses”, I was motivated to write about another group of inspirational, strong female expats.
Is it time to change my job? Is it time to start a new career? How many times did you ask yourself those questions? You have managed to get your first job in your new host country and spent some years working for the same company — but now you feel unsatisfied and know that you have much more to offer.
As a woman living and working in a foreign country, you may face certain health issues which men are usually exempt from. Read on to learn how to prepare for your new life and how to stay healthy and comfortable while living abroad.
Is international health insurance the right choice for you? What factors should you consider when choosing a company and policy? How can you tailor your plan to fit the specific needs of you and your family? And most importantly: don’t forget to read the fine print!
Women who move abroad sometimes face safety concerns they did not necessarily have to deal with at home. Going for a walk alone or wearing your usual attire may suddenly become problematic. InterNations provides you with safety tips, as well as advice on dealing with risky situations.
Preparing your paperwork thoroughly and taking care of practical issues before going overseas is vital. But do not underestimate the psychological side of things: going abroad can be emotionally taxing, and not all your dreams and hopes will come true. Be realistic and be prepared!
Intercultural competence is an invaluable part of your preparations for life as an expat. Yet it is often overlooked in the run-up for a job posting abroad. InterNations shows you how you can benefit from this skill to make sure your international assignment will be a success.
Cultural intelligence is an important step towards cultural competence. Acquiring and developing intercultural skills can help you enjoy a more relaxed life and greater success in your career abroad. We have some useful tips on how to become a better global mind.
In a recent article, Global Expat Quenby Wilcox described trailing spouses as “the unsung heroes of an international relocation”. I agree! Finding the right job in a new context requires time, perseverance, self-esteem, and patience. What is very difficult is to remain resilient and to remember that trailing spouses have acquired real valuable skills that can be transferred to many markets.
Moving overseas can have a huge impact on the environment but it can also offer new opportunities for you to become more environmentally friendly. InterNations member Gabrielle has put together some steps you can take towards a more sustainable expat life.
Organizations have gone global but have you? What does it really mean to be a global leader? Executive Coach Sunita Sehmi has ten simple pointers for you to help you succeed wherever you are in the world.
Among expats sent on foreign assignments, international women are still "the odd man out". However, such figures don’t include many expatriate women who find a job abroad on their own. In both cases, international women, as well as their spouse, may face unexpected issues – find out more below.
Quite a few women don’t relocate for their own career, but follow a husband or partner on an assignment. As a "trailing spouse", you take care of the family while putting your own plans on the backburner – not always an easy or rewarding job. Find out what it entails and how to keep your cool as an expat wife.